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Dundurn Castle

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Location:
610 York Blvd. (map)
Hamilton, Ontario
*please note the museum is only partially wheelchair accessible. Call museum for more details.

Phone: 905-546-2872
Fax: 905-546-2875
Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca



Take our
virtual tour




Watch the video "Maple Leaf Forever"
filmed at Dundurn Castle

Admission Rates

  • $11.50 Adults (18-59)
  • $9.50 Seniors (60+)
  • $9.50 Students * (13-17)
  • $6.00 Child (6-12)
  • FREE Infant (5 and under)
  • $30.00 Family **

* Student = 13-17 or with valid student ID
** Family = two adults and dependant children under 18

Full-price ticket includes admission
to Dundurn Castle, the Kitchen Garden
and the Hamilton Military Museum.


Hours of Operation

Year Round:
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 - 4 pm

Note: Last tour starts at 4 pm

(Closed Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day (July 1),
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and
New Year's Day)

Visit Dundurn Castle, part of Dundurn National Historic Site and the magnificent home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers. Discover mid-19th-century Hamilton on your tour of more than 40 rooms on three floors. Experience life in a grand country home for the MacNab family and the servants working below stairs.

Dundurn Castle is located on a height of land known as Burlington Heights.  During the War of 1812, the British Army established a military post at the site. Sir Allan MacNab later incorporated elements of the post into the construction of Dundurn Castle during the 1830's.

Leave time to browse in  The Castle Gift Shop, featuring Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts. Enjoy a visit to the Hamilton Military Museum and the restored Kitchen Garden, all located in Dundurn Park.

History of Dundurn Castle

One of Hamilton's most-recognized landmarks, Dundurn Castle is a National Historic Site that illustrates the life and times of Sir Allan Napier MacNab (1798 - 1862).

Dundurn Castle was constructed over a three-year period, and completed by 1835. Designed by a young English Architect, Robert Wetherall, Dundurn was built around the brick shell of Colonel Richard Beasley's colonial home. Designed as a fashionable Regency style villa, Dundurn (Gaelic for "strong fort") was nicknamed "Castle" by the citizens of Hamilton. The Castle, with its gardens, grounds and many unusual outbuildings, was one of the finest estates in the province.

Today, Dundurn Castle has been restored to the year 1855 when MacNab was at the height of his career as a lawyer, landowner, railway magnate and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-56). Over forty rooms, above and below stairs, have been furnished to compare the life of a prominent Victorian family with that of their servants. Costumed staff guide visitors through the home, illustrating daily life from the 1850s.

MacNab, born in Niagara-on-the-Lake, came to Hamilton from York in 1826 to begin his career as a lawyer. Having lost his first wife Elizabeth Brookes that same year, he raised his two children Robert and Anne Jane as a widower. In 1831, MacNab married Mary Stuart and had two more children, Sophia and Minnie. During the construction of Dundurn, his son Robert was killed in a hunting accident. MacNab was an important figure in the pre-Confederation history of Canada. He was declared a "Boy Hero" for his role in the War of 1812. Following his support of the royalist cause in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Queen Victoria knighted MacNab. Sir Allan MacNab left his mark on the growing town of Hamilton by helping to establish the railway, the first bank and representing the area for thirty years in Parliament.